With Raya over, MACC to come down hard on Felda ‘traitors’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Now that Raya fever has died down, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is coming down hard on those suspected of corruption in Felda.

The agency’s chief commissioner, Dzulkifli Ahmad, said he had recently instructed that the probe into the land development authority be reopened.

“We may have been a little sluggish during the fasting month, and even more during Raya, with all the lemang we had.

“But now we have come back, and I’ve instructed that the investigation on Felda, which was already closed, be re-opened.

“This is just the beginning. Our investigations have just begun and, God willing, in August and September, it will get more ‘panas’ (intense)!”

Dzulkifli was speaking to a crowd of hundreds present at the Jaringan Melayu Malaysia’s Raya open house here today.

The MACC investigation into Felda Investment Corporation’s (FIC) purchase of a four-star hotel in Kensington, London, between 2013 and 2015, was reopened on July 10 after the agency claimed it had found a new lead.

So far, two former real estate executives involved in the deal have been arrested and remanded for six days.

“God willing, we will take action against the traitors,” said Dzulkifli.

Warning that he has never broken a promise made, Dzulkifli added that he will ensure that the MACC will either investigate a new case or take an individual suspected of corruption to court, every single week.

This, he said, was part of the MACC’S efforts to create a corrupt-free society by 2020.

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